"I Dream Of Jeannie" Back On
I've heard about this a few times and every time I think it's been canned it comes back up. How many TV-sitcom-to-movie flops have to occur before they shelve these things? "Charlie's Angels" = ridiculous but fun. "Mod Squad" = so gut churningly bad I couldn't even watch it. On a plane. And planes are like hostage situations minus the friendly Muslim men with beards and guns. Well, some of the time. So I'll watch anything on a plane. I think "Eddie" and "Seven Years In Tibet" are the only other movies where I just took the earphones out and decided I would rather watch some Asian grandmother pick her nose.
But, if they're going to make this thing anyway, try not to completely screw the pooch on the casting. I have no gripe with Jimmy Fallon as MAJ Nelson. After all, he's a stumbling boob and the character is too. He's also not the star.
Inevitably you have to talk about the star. I hear Jessica Simpson once in a while, because she's blonde and kinda dumb. But Barbara Eden wasn't dumb ... her character just played it a little dumb. It takes a smart lady to play dumb. And remember, the character is an icon and she looks like this:
I know. Hubba, hubba. So you don't want to get too crazy with the casting. I have heard Kate Bosworth and she might be okay but I've never seen her be funny. She's been in comedies, but not as the funny girl. So here's my pick - and you may think I'm crazy: Jennifer Garner.
I know, I know, she isn't blonde but she has been blonde plenty of times on "Alias." And you're thinking, 'Hey, didn't you used to date her?' which would make me biased. No, I never dated her. I dated someone that she happens to look a lot like. Which is not the same thing. Plus, she completely stole "13 Going On 30" or whatever that movie was. Total comedy, she played the lead, and she did a great job. You'll thank me later. Well, you'll thank me right now for putting up this pic: